Porter Memory Book


January 2012

Porter Cafe Under New Ownership

On January 9, 2012, Sherry Brown of Porter took ownership of Porter Cafe and Grocery. If you're looking for a great breakfast or noon meal be sure to stop in or call ahead at 296-4635. Friday, January 13 will be the first Friday Night Supper under new ownership and a mixture of shrimp, chicken and salad bar items will be available as well as regular menu items.



2012 is Upon Us

Did you know that website story archives have been stored in the Porter Memory Book since 2004? Visit the memory book to take a look through the stories that headlined Porter's website.

Stone Creek Antiques is Open the 3rd Weekend of Every Month

Come and see what Stone Creek Antiques has to offer with their extended weekend hours on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of every Month. Call 507-296-4446 for more details.


New Phone Number for Porter Cafe

The phone number at the Porter Cafe will change to (507) 296-4635 effective on January 18. If the phone number (507) 296-4635 seems familiar to you it is because that was the Cafe's phone number from July 1988 through August 1, 2011.

US Postal Service Pauses Closer Decision Process for Porter Post Office

The Porter Post Office Closure Decision has been placed on pause until May 15, 2012 when decision proceedings will resume. The delay is a direct effect of Senate and House of Representative inquiries into the decision making process and the impact of closures on small communities such as Porter. The delay will also allow the US Postal Service to re-evaluate alternative options to reduce their deficit spending. Not all Post Offices are safe from this delay, however, hundreds of US Post Offices are being closed in December and January and hundreds of Postal Distribution Centers will be closed in the coming months as well.


The community support and campaign to support the Porter Post Office has made a difference, but it must continue to make a final impact when the decision making process resumes in May. Click Here for ways that you can show your support of the Porter Post Office and keep it off of the closure list for good! The only way to keep the Post Office from closing is to fully patronize its services including usage of PO Boxes (some in Porter have stopped receiving rural route mail delivery at the road and have opened a PO Box in the Post Office in recent months), purchasing of stamps through the Window and mailing letters and packages inside the Post Office.

February 2012

Porter Resident Harry Noyes Passes Away at Age 89

Harry NoyesPORTER - Mass of Christian Burial for Harry Noyes, 89, of Porter, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Canby. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday with a Prayer Service at 3 p.m. immediately followed by a Rosary at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday at the church in Canby. A private family burial will take place at a later date.


Harry Felix Noyes was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Grandview Township, to Camiel and Mary (Dobbelaere) Noyes. He was raised on a farm near Ghent and attended country school through the 8th grade. On Nov. 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to Leona Helen Downing. To this union of 64 years, 11 children were born; Marcie, David, Marge, Larry, Bob, John, Tom, Sharon, Pat, Marilyn, and Harvey.


Harry was a faithful husband, a good father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an active member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton until 2009, and then a member of the St. Peters Catholic Church in Canby. He seldom missed Sunday Mass.


Harry and Leona farmed northeast of Porter from 1951 until 2002. Harry loved the land. He farmed the way he knew best, with good intentions. Harry was not just a farmer of the land, but also raised livestock. For many years the family ran a dairy farm, raised beef cattle and hogs. He had a custom swathing business and enjoyed working for others. He lived for the satisfaction of a job well done.


Harry was a straight shooter and a man of his word. His firm handshake was as good as a signed document. He raised his children with a strong hand; instilling values of hard work, promptness and honesty. Harry got up early, stayed up late and led by example.


In 2002, Harry and Leona moved off the farm and built a house in Porter. He and his family celebrated his 80th birthday on move-in day. Senior dining and playing cards at the Porter Cafe soon became favorite pastimes. Fittingly, Harry passed away during a game of Pepper at the cafe, on Feb. 2, 2012, at the age of 89. Overall, life dealt Harry a good hand.


Harry is lovingly remembered by his wife Leona of Porter; children, David (and Cora) Noyes of Savage, Marge (and Dale ) Swanson of Kensington, Larry (and Darlene) Noyes of Sioux Falls, S.D., Bob (and Teresa) Noyes of Porter, John (and Julie) Noyes of Porter, Tom (and Becky) Noyes of Porter, Sharon (and Chuck) Buysse of Marshall, Pat (and Doug) Blackwell of Commerce, Mich., Marilyn (and Jadee) Larkin of Kensington, and Harvey (and Dicksy) Noyes of Marshall; 30 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his brother George Noyes and sister Emma Downing.


He was preceded in death by his daughter; Marcie Kimpe Ningen; grandson, Greg Kimpe; his parents; brothers, Mike and Remi; and sister, Martha.


May he rest in peace.


In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Porter Development Corporation


Funeral Services for Long-time Porter Resident Gladys Capp

Gladys CappGladys Capp, age 101, (a resident at the Hendricks Nursing Home) of Porter, MN,  passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service will be at 1p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the East Highland Cemetery, rural Brandt, SD. Birk Funeral Home of Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.


Gladys Rosina Capp was born May 9, 1910 to parents Ole and Carrie (Hermo) Grindeland in Deuel County, near Brandt, South Dakota. She was baptized on July 3, 1910 in the East Highland Church and was confirmed in the Highland Church in Brandt. She attended country school at District 4. Gladys was one of fifteen brothers and sisters. She was a middle child and she helped care for her younger siblings, milked cows and helped her mother with household chores


Gladys was united in marriage to James Capp on July 3, 1929 in Clear Lake, SD. They farmed in South Dakota and later farmed near Porter, MN. In 1947 they moved into Porter where she was a homemaker, babysitter and a terrific gardener. Gladys always had a huge garden and she canned everything she could. She also loved to bring mail to her older friends. Gladys worked at the Swift plant in Marshall and at Porter Produce. James had a small trucking company. James passed away in 1975. Although Gladys and James never had any children of their own, when her eleven year old nieces lost their mother, Gladys and James stepped in and helped them through that difficult time. She loved spending time with all of her nieces and nephews.


Gladys was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter.


Grateful for having shared Gladysí life are numerous nieces and nephews; Jamesí family and a host of friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Carrie Grindeland; her husband, James and fourteen brothers and sisters, Sam, Orville, Raymond, Kenneth, Evelyn, Clifford, Malla, Ella, Ethyl, Rudolph, Adolph, Hazel, Arthur and Wilma.


She was a great lady with a big heart and will truly be missed by all, who were blessed to have been a part of her life. Blessed be her memory.


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Residents Urged to Check Sheds and Other Buildings

A string of burglaries have been reported in Porter. Residents are urged to check sheds and other structures to make sure that nothing is missing. If you discover that you are missing items you are encouraged to contact the Yellow Medicine County Sherriff at 320-564-2130 and report your missing items. Please provide the sheriff with serial numbers and other identifiable information if you have it available.



March 2012

April City Council Meeting

The April meeting of the Porter City Council has been rescheduled to April 4 to accommodate the Board of Equalization meeting. The council meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and the Board of Equalization meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 4.


April 2012

Porter Community Market Day Sale This Saturday, April 28

The 2012 Annual Porter Community Market Day Sale, or Porter Auction as most know it, is this Saturday, April 28. Bidding begins at all three auction rings at 9:30 AM SHARP.


Machinery and automobile consignments are being accepted all week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM Saturday at the auction grounds on North Prairie Avenue. Street Sale, or Household, auction items will be consigned Saturday morning, line up will begin in both directions on Park Avenue and Maple Street. Those first in line will be the first to be unloaded.


Breakfast will be available at the Porter Cafe bright and early Saturday morning and lunch will be available at the cafe and food stands located throughout the auction grounds. Contrary to what is stated on the Auction Bill, for the first time in over 70 years, Bethel Lutheran Church will not be serving meals during the auction. Don't forget to visit the multiple garage sales being held throughout town on Saturday morning.


Bidding Numbers may be picked up at the Porter City Fire Hall, located at the intersection of Brook Avenue and Lone Tree Street (Highway 68) or at the machinery consignment stand. Clerks will be located in the Porter Fire Hall.


All Street Sale Items must be removed promptly after the auction concludes, items not removed within 12 hours will be forfeited and disposed of. All Machinery sale and automobile items must be removed from the grounds no later than May 18, 2012 or they will be forfeited and disposed of. Remember, if you win a bid, you will need to pay for the items at the Porter Fire Hall.


Full Auction Bill



Highway 68 Project Public Meeting Announced

The public is invited to an informational meeting about the Highway 68 resurfacing project from Marshall to Porter at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the Minnesota Department of Transportation Marshall office, 1800 East College Drive, Marshall, Minn.


Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and its contractor, Central Specialties Inc., will provide a progress report and address questions or concerns about the project.


The project was set to begin Monday, April 23, but is delayed a few days due to equipment difficulties.

Full Press Release


MN DOT Announces 2nd Public Meeting on Highway 68 Project

The public is invited to an informational meeting about the Highway 68 resurfacing project from Marshall to Porter at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Minnesota Department of Transportation Marshall office, 1800 East College Drive, Marshall, Minn.


Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and its contractor, Central Specialties Inc., will provide a progress report and address questions or concerns about the project.


The project involves resurfacing Highway 68 from the western limits of Marshall to Porter and installing accessible pedestrian ramps in Ghent, Taunton and Porter.


Motorists will experience a smoother and safer road surface when the project is complete.


Press Release


May 2012

Highway 68 construction from Marshall to Porter Continues.

The Highway 68 resurfacing project from Marshall to Porter is moving along quickly as crews begin to overlay the highway from Minneota to Porter this week. Resurfacing in Porter began on May 11.


The project is expected to be complete by the end of May, nearly a month earlier than originally planned.


During construction and road maintenance work, MnDOT urges drivers to:
 -Check www.511mn.org or call 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
 -Watch for construction crews and equipment in the work zone. 
 -Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
 -Plan ahead and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
 -Stay alert; expect the unexpected.



Porter Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day Services will be held at 6:30 PM on Memorial Day at the Porter Community Hall. A community potluck supper will be held following the service with beverages provided by the Porter American Legion.



"Like" a Porter Project to Help It Win $500.00

A dream thought up by Porter resident Leona Noyes has been added to the pool of entries in a social media competition being sponsored by Modern Woodman of America. Leona's project entails building an enclosed entry over the east entrance to the Porter Cafe building in order to shelter the door from the wind, rain and snow and all together make the senior dining site more accessible. The project was submitted online by Josh Sumption on behalf of Leona who does not have a computer, or a facebook account!


Read more about the project and sign in through facebook and "like" it and the project will be in the running for a $500.00 prize. This is a monthly competition now through December, so if we don't win this month, make sure to "like" the project again in the following month and spread the word!

US Postal Service Plans Will Not Close Porter Post Office

The US Postal Service has announced plans to keep rural Post Offices, such as the one in Porter, open indefinitely. In response to a large public outcry and added pressure from congress the Postal Service will seek other cost-saving measures that will not close the Post Offices.


The losses in revenue and increased costs of delivering mail will continue to affect the Postal Service in the foreseeable future and citizens are urged to continue patronizing their local Postal facilities to ensure that future closure plans do not leave rural facilities such as Porter as vulnerable for closure. Taking actions such as purchasing stamps directly through the Post Office window is a good start, but further, renting a Post Office box inside the Post Office rather than taking street side delivery from the Canby Post Office adds to the overall business done in the Porter facility. Read the complete story on the Postal Service's plans.

June 2012

Porter Fire Department and First Responders Pork Chop Supper

Join us at the Porter Community Hall, Park Avenue, on Saturday, June 9 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM.

Serving grilled pork chops, scalloped potatoes, assorted salads and ice cream treats.

Kid's meals and take-out meals are available.

Bingo will start at 8:00 p.m.

Raffle tickets are available from any Fire Department Member or First Responder.

Trying Again in June: "Like" a Porter Project to Help It Win $500.00

If you have not voted in June please do so soon. The cut-off for June voting is midnight on Saturday! If you voted in May, you must vote again in June to make your vote count! Login to your facebook account and Vote Now!!


We came so close in May, when everyone in Porter went to sleep on May 31, we just knew we had the contest clinched! Porter was ahead of Iola, Kansas, a city of 6,000 residents, by 30 votes and the votes for Porter's submission rounded the 400 mark and continued to climb. Then the bad news became reality the morning of June 1, as Iola's supporters managed to gain the vote's needed to beat Porter by just 32 votes.


Fortunately, Modern Woodman of America, the Sponsor of the "Small Towns, Big Dreams" contest, is continuing their monthly competition the remainder of the year. Leona Noyes' big dream will continue to be in the competition, but anyone who voted for the project in May will need to do so again in June.


A dream thought up by Porter resident Leona Noyes has been added to the pool of entries in a social media competition being sponsored by Modern Woodman of America. Leona's project entails building an enclosed entry over the east entrance to the Porter Cafe building in order to shelter the door from the wind, rain and snow and all together make the senior dining site more accessible. The project was submitted online by Josh Sumption on behalf of Leona who does not have a computer, or a facebook account!


Read more about the project and vote by signing into your facebook  account and "like". The project will be in the running for a $500.00 prize once again for the month of June. This is a monthly competition now through December, so if we don't win this month, make sure to "like" the project again in the following month and spread the word!


Highway 68 Resurfacing Project Wrapping Up!

Commuters from Porter to Minneota or Marshall have been driving on the new road for a couple of weeks now, a huge improvement of the rough-pothole plagued surface they have been dealing with for the past several years. Crews are now wrapping the project up by grinding in rumble strips in both the center and on the shoulders of the road. Once line striping is done the project will be complete apart from a few minor cleanup tasks.

July 2012

City Council: Special and Rescheduled Meetings

There will be a special meeting of the City Council on June 18 at 6:00 PM at City Hall. The July Regular Meeting of the City Council has been rescheduled to July 10 at 6:30 PM.

August 2012

Small Town; Big Accomplishment

Residents of Porter are well aware of the accomplishments that have been achieved when the community works together over the years from events like the Annual Market Day sale that draws thousands of people from across the multi-state region to the Harvest Festival in August that provides more events and activities for the whole family than festivals of towns 10 times our size. We've rallied around community members to raise funds for medical expenses or to help with great loss to rallying to save our Post Office. Just when we thought defeat was certain in one instance, Porter has once again rallied together for the greater cause of the community!


In both May and June, Porter competed at a national level for a $500 prize, from the Modern Woodmen of America's "Small Towns, Big Dreams" contest, to help make improvements to the community-owned Porter Cafe building. Thanks in a large part to Leona Noyes, the final vote counts in both May and June were within 30 to 40 votes shy of winning the competition, losing only to communities of 6,000 in June and 480,000 in July. Needless to say, our ability to compete with cities of this scale, and almost win both months, was a great achievement. When all hope was assumed lost, it happened, Porter won the Small Towns, Big Dreams competition in July by over 130 votes above the nearest competitor. The project fundraising will go on to see Leona Noyes' dream project for the Porter Cafe building through, but the $500 prize from the Modern Woodmen of America will give the project a much needed bump ahead!


Porter Harvest Festival is This Week!


Porter Harvest Festival Bill of Events

The Medallion was found on Tuesday. Congratulations to Megan Jelen & Ivan Villasana on finding the 2012 Porter Harvest Festival Medallion. Megan and Ivan win the $50 prize!


Congratulations King Dick and Queen Rose Anderson

Dick and Rose Anderson were crowned King and Queen of Porter on Friday evening.


South wins an epic North vs. South Battle.


Hey you Survivor fans!  Come out and watch and cheer for your favorites!!  It's great entertainment and these brave and fun loving couples that are willing to give it their all include:

Adam & Jill Grengs

 Nathan & Angie Hulzebos

 Tom & Becky Noyes

Eric & Jessica Dybsetter

 Kim Jelen & Ryan Yost

Who will be the Sole Surviving Couple as they compete in challenges that will test their strength, athletic ability, will to win, ability to communicate and their fortitude?  Watch for them throughout the weekend in their exclusive Survivor t-shirts in a color sure to catch your eye!

Event 1: Friday Night During the North vs. South Game

Event 2: Saturday at 3:30 PM right after Cow Pie Bingo

Event 3: Sunday at the Grilling Competition



Porter Harvest Festival will take place on August 17, 18 and 19. Keep an eye on this website for up-to-date information, additional events, and of course, medallion hunt clues which will be posted beginning August 13. This year will feature a new Wood Bat Softball tournament, as well as the classic favorites including the Tractor and Car shows, Kid's Carnival, Horse Show and much, much more.


Porter Harvest Festival Bill of Events


Porter Harvest Festival 5k Off-Road Race Registration


Harvest Festival Shirts will be available in limited supply this year! We'll also be clearing out stock on our previous years' Harvest Festival gear throughout the weekend.

September 2012

September City Council Meeting

The September City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 PM due to the Labor Day Holiday falling on the regularly scheduled first Monday of the month.

Porter Community Cleanup Day is Tuesday, September 25

It's time to clean up our town and homes before harvest and the inevitable winter arrives. Curbside pickup of approved items will be provided in the early morning hours of September 25. Leave items for disposal at the curb the evening of September 24. Recyclable items and appliances may be scheduled for pickup with A to Z Recycling in Porter.

Complete Details


Notice of General Election

-General Elections will be held at the Porter Fire Hall from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on November 6, 2012-


Porter Harvest Festival Recap *Updated 9/3*

The Porter Harvest Festival is going into the record books in many ways, first, for the most perfect weather in memory, and also for the unbelievable turnout at all of the events. Check out a full recap of the festival.


Notice of the Annual Membership Meeting of Porter Development Corporation

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Porter Development Corporation will be on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Porter Cafe Community Room. Elections of the President and Secretary of the Porter Development Board of Directors will be held as a part of the regular membership meeting.


Membership fees of $50.00 per household are due prior to the meeting. Membership and additional donations to the Porter Development Corporation may be paid at the Porter Development Supper on Friday, August 17 at the Porter Cafe from 5:00 - 7:00 as a part of the Porter Harvest Festival, or they may be left at the Porter Cafe during normal business hours.

November 2012

Thanksgiving Services at Bethel Lutheran Church

Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21. The service is open to all who wish to attend and Holy Communion will be served. A pie and coffee social will be held after worship in the church Social Hall.


City of Porter to Implement New Water Metering Systems

The City of Porter will be replacing all water meters for the city water system with new digitally read meters. Meters throughout the city are in some cases over 30 years old, some failing to give accurate readings any longer and needing replacement to meet new environmental regulations. The city has partnered with Ferguson Water Works to replace the approximately 100 water meters connected to the city water system.


Once the meters are upgraded, the city will be able to electronically read all meters within the city electronically, using wireless communications technologies, on a monthly basis. The city will also be transitioning to a monthly billing cycle for Water, Sewer and Garbage services, something that many residents have requsted over the past few years.


Ferguson Waterworks will be sending out postcards to all households and businesses in Porter to schedule your meter replacement, which will be performed by Ferguson employees at the expense of the City of Porter. Watch for a postcard in the mail from Ferguson Waterworks, which will originate from the Twin Cities, and schedule your meter replacement as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Judy Verschelde at 296-4615.


Porter Development Corporation Moving Forward with Rennovations

The Porter Development Corporation Board of Directors has voted to move forward with a plan brought forward by Porter Resident Leona Noyes to revamp the entrance into the Community Room at the Porter Cafe. Noyes worked throughout the summer months soliciting support for the project to receive a $500 award in the Modern Woodman of America's Small Towns, Big Dreams Competition, which was ultimately awarded to the project in July. The Porter Town and Country Club matched the $500 award in September, putting the Development Corporation in good standing to start the project.


The entrance system will be revamped to include a double-doored entrance and new doors that will be easier to operate. The original plan was to construct an outdoor alcove around the back entrance, but after consulting local contractors it was decided to revamp the plans and remodel indoor space to accomodate the new entrance.

December 2012

Christmas in Porter

Porter businesses will be observing Christmas with the Porter Cafe closing at 1:00 PM on December 24 for Christmas Eve and also being closed on December 25 for Christmas Day. Cut Loose Lounge will be open Christmas Eve and will open at 5:00 PM on Christmas Day.


Christmas Worship Serivce will be at 5:30 PM at Bethel Lutheran Church. Holy Communion will be served and all are welcome to attend the service.

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